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- Common Sense Media | Parenting – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 12:49 PM EST
By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Parenting Editor
E-cigs are becoming really popular with teens
Cigarette marketing has come a long way. Today tobacco products are banned from commercials and smoking is on the decline. But don't be fooled. Tobacco companies still spend almost $10 billion a year on marketing. And most of that goes to programs that make cigarettes cheaper -- meaning more accessible to kids.
Smoking continues to show up in movies and in social media marketing. Plus, new products like e-cigs and flavored cigarettes are gaining popularity with kids. And once they're hooked, they're likely to continue the unhealthy habit into adulthood.
So how can you counter all the messages to light up?
Parent tips for younger kids
· Try to keep your children away from ads and entertainment with smoking. Tell them that smoking makes people really sick - and makes them smell bad!
· Deglamorize cigarette smoking in entertainment. Talk with your kids about smoking scenes. Ask your kids if they realize thatRead More »from Why You Don't Have to Put Up with Cigarette Companies Targeting Your Kids
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When my second was born, the idea of pumping again made me sob. I told my husband through tears that I couldn't do it, I couldn't pump. Not again. One night, delirious with a fever from mastitis and in pain from the cuts on my nipples I asked my husband if he would hate me if we used formula. He hugged me. "Our kids will be fine. Do whatever you need to do."
It's easy to be the voice of reason when you don't have a temperature of 108 and aren't full of raging postpartum hormones. But my husband wasn't wrong and now there is scienceRead More »from New Study: Breastfeeding Might Be Overrated
(Newser) Another baby born with HIV appears to be free of the disease thanks to an aggressive early treatment regimen that began just four hours after she was born, reports the Guardian. The baby was born in LA and is still getting AIDS medicines because doctors aren't entirely confident yet, the AP reports.
But after a battery of sophisticated tests, her readings are different from patients whose infections have been merely suppressed by drugs. "We don't know if the baby is in remission ... but it looks like that," one specialist said. Doctors want to be careful about saying the baby is cured, "but that's obviously our hope."
The first child to receive the treatment is now 3 1/2, and appears to be HIV-free despite two years without treatment. That baby had no prenatal care, and the infection was discovered during labor. But in the LA case, "we knew this mother from a previous pregnancy," and knew she wasn't taking her HIV medicine, one doctor said.
The mother was thus givenRead More »from Another Baby Born with HIV 'Cured'
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 6:27 PM EST
Have you ever searched #PregnancyProblems on Twitter or Instagram? It'll give you a good laugh. Being pregnant is definitely filled with its fair share of problems … some are pretty comical, but some can be downright miserable. One of the top complaints that most pregnant women can relate to is not getting enough sleep. Sleeping while pregnant basically means tossing and turning all night, waking up with weird pains, and getting out of bed to pee a million times. Getting a good night's sleep can seem all but impossible, but over the course of two pregnancies, I've learned a few tricks and remedies that help me catch the most ZZZs possible. I know there are a lot of blog posts out there promising pregnancy sleep, but I'm willing to bet there are at least a few you've never heard of before! - By Lauren HartmannMORE ON BABBLE
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 6:22 PM ESTYour Daily Dose of Ridiculous: NJ Teen Sues Parents to Pay for College
A New Jersey teen is suing her parents for college tuition.
So, listen up, moms and dads of little ones: depending on which way the judge rules on this one, you might not want to earmark a savings account specifically for your child's tuition. You know, in case your kid grows up and decides to sue you and uses the following case as precedent.
According to the Daily Record, Rachel Canning wants her parents to pay for her private-school tuition, college tuition, and living expenses. The teen claims her parents threw her out when she turned 18, but her dad, Sean Canning, calls Rachel an "incredibly rebellious teen" who ran away from home because she didn't want to follow rules.
What rules, you ask? Well, the usual stuff like being respectful, keeping a curfew, and doing chores. The Cannings also wanted Rachel to break up with a boyfriend who they thoughtRead More »from Your Daily Dose of Ridiculous: NJ Teen Sues Parents to Pay for College
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 5:02 PM EST
Project: Breastfeeding," and is using some provocative images to get everyone’s attention: shirtless dads trying to breastfeed, and the phrase, “If I could, I would.”Sensitive Tennessee dad Hector Cruz is tired of “dumbed down” father roles comprised of adjusting car seats and putting together cribs. So, in an effort to help bring men more into the meaningful fold of parenting, he’s launched an awareness campaign, "Read More »from 'Breastfeeding' Dads Campaign Aims to Get Men More Involved
“Let’s be honest, we have to get conversations started in a very dramatic way,” Cruz, the photographer behind the project, tells Yahoo Shine. “What better way than by showing photos like these?” (Last year, a Chicago campaign aiming to decrease teen-pregnancy rates used images of “pregnant” boys to make a splash, kicking up plenty of controversy, too.)
“Project: Breastfeeding,” which kicked off this week with a bit of fanfare, has several aims: to dissolve the stigma around public breastfeeding, and to get fathers more involved in breastfeeding efforts and in parenting in
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